Despite the progress made by Labour, by 1951 Britons were tired of shortages
ON THE TRAIL After Labour won a slim majority in the 1950 elections, it tried to increase its majority in 1951. Though its policies were popular, the party was divided, and the Conservatives presented a better-organised, well-funded campaign.
V FOR VICTORY
The Tories also had the advantage of Winston Churchill as their leader. With UK troops away fighting in Korea, the popular war leader took advantage of his military record and won the voters’ confidence.
THE PEOPLE’S PEACE
Cabby Larry Bond gleefully receives the news of Churchill’s win the morning of Friday 26 October. Over the next three decades, the ‘post-war consensus’ would endure, with parties on both ends of the spectrum encouraging nationalisation, trade unions, high taxes and a generous welfare state.